National Bar Association

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National Bar Association
National Bar Association logo.png
Type Legal society
Headquarters Washington, DC
  • United States
20,000 in 2012[1]

The National Bar Association (NBA) is the oldest and largest national association of African-American attorneys and judges in the United States.

Structure and activities[edit]

NBA is governed by a Board of Governors, mostly elected from the membership but also including NBA's officers and representatives of groups such as the NBA's Divisions.[2] The association has several affiliate chapters located throughout the United States. Some affiliate chapters of the association are The Cook County Bar Association, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, the California Association of Black Lawyers, the Washington Bar Association, the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association [1], the Garden State Bar Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

The National Bar Institute (NBI) is the philanthropic arm of the NBA, founded in 1982. The association has established an annual award in honor of the late Louisiana State Representative Pinkie C. Wilkerson of Grambling -- the "Pinkie C. Wilkerson Outstanding State Legislator of the Year Award".[3] The NBA offers a job listing service as well as advertising in its magazine to assist employers seeking to conduct affirmative action outreach toward minority job applicants.[4]


NBA was established in 1925 as the "Negro Bar Association" after Gertrude Rush, George H. Woodson, S. Joe Brown, James B. Morris, and Charles P. Howard, Sr. were denied membership in the American Bar Association. Its first president was George H. Woodson of Des Moines, Iowa. Arnette Hubbard was its first female president. [5] In 1940, the NBA attempted to establish "free legal clinics in all cities with a colored population of 5,000 or more."[1] In 2010, the NBA partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to work toward a complete and accurate count of the nation's population through various outreach activities.[6]


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